“Everything has been replaced apart from Sarah”

Committee members Sarah Tyson, Bess Scott Gunn and Duncan Robson with a shopper
Committee members Sarah Tyson, Bess Scott Gunn and Duncan Robson with a shopper

Tealby’s Community Shop has a fresh new look, courtesy of a £10,000 grant.

The money came from West Lindsey District council, but the Plunkett Group and the CAN social enterprise agency, helped the volunteers with their application and provided other advice.

Now, thanks to fitting work by JA Dow Joinery Manufacturer’s Ltd of Market Rasen, the shop on Beck Hill completed its refurbishment last month.

Bess Scott Gunn, who chairs the shop committee, said the old equipment in the shop had been there for 10 years and had worn out.

“When we started, everything came from a shop that had closed. It was all second-hand. It all mismatched. We needed to update ourselves,” she said.

And as a ‘community-benefit’ company, the shop was able to secure funding for the re-fit.

“It’s been painted from top to bottom. Everything has been replaced apart from Sarah,” Bess added.

It’s “too soon to tell” how much the refit has boosted trade, but with its groceries, local produce, walking maps, DVDs and books, plus warm, friendly service, the Tealby Community Shop to sure to remain an essential focus of life in the village.